The Pathline Tapcafe was a tapcafe located on the planet Brentaal IV in 0 ABY, in Cityblock Kesk-319. That year, a group of crew members from the Alliance to Restore the Republic privateering EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Far Orbit visited the Pathline Tapcafe, hoping to obtain a valuable datadisc from a contact.
The Pathline Tapcafe was a tapcafe that was on the world of Brentaal IV, in Cityblock Kesk-319 at the intersection of Route 6903 and Citypath 515. One of the dishes it served was Gruuvan shaal, a Twi'lek food. The tapcafe was overseen by a manager and was crewed by several Human and non-Human waiters.
The Pathline Tapcafe was in existence by 0 ABY, when the Galactic Civil War was being waged between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. That year, the Empire's Commission for the Preservation of the New Order began enforcing a non-native workers act on Brentaal IV that had been passed before the Imperial Senate disbanded. As a result, Imperial personnel arrested the Devaronian Tynial—who was secretly sympathetic to the Alliance—and several other of the Pathline Tapcafe's non-Human waiters and staff for not having the proper identification. This left the manager scrambling for staff, though the Imperials neglected to check the Humans who were not from Brentaal IV for the right identification.
Two days later, a group of crew members from the EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Far Orbit arrived at the Pathline Tapcafe looking for Tynial; the Far Orbit was actually a privateering frigate for the Alliance, and Tynial was the Alliance contact from whom they were hoping to obtain a valuable datadisk containing information pertaining to the route of the Imperial Star Galleon-class frigate Emperor's Will.
Despite the absence of Tynial, the crew members still asked one of the waiters for Gruuvan shaal, which was the passphrase that they were supposed to use with Tynial. One of the other waiters then approached the group and suggested that they go to the nightclub known as Jovvitz the same evening. The waiter, who was also an Alliance contact, handed over the datadisc to them in Jovvitz that night, though the privateers ended up being chased by Imperial Security Bureau agents.
Behind the scenes
The Pathline Tapcafe first appeared in Raid on Brentaal, an adventure scenario in 1998's The Far Orbit Project, by Timothy S. O'Brien. The book was a supplement to West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and had the same theme of the previous publication, Pirates & Privateers, as it followed the privateering vessel Far Orbit. Although it is not suggested, players can choose not to ask the remaining waiters for the Twi'lek dish, leaving themselves without a way to get the datadisk.